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When Artists Approach the Archive

A Craft Lecture by Courtney Faye Taylor, Zell Visiting Writers Series
Friday, November 11, 2022
10:00-11:00 AM
#3222 Angell Hall Map
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Zell Visiting Writers Series craft lectures are free and open to the public, and will be offered both virtually (via Zoom) and in person (in Angell Hall #3222). Seats are offered on a first come, first served basis; please arrive early to secure a spot. Please contact asbates@umich.edu with any questions or accommodation needs.


What does it mean to embrace the physical remnants of history? To devour, enlarge, erase, and amend its material, then engage it on the page, in the gallery, and on the mic? This interdisciplinary craft lecture examines the archive as a location of ancestry, a platform for dialogue, and a tool for approaching the space between past and imagined future.

Courtney Faye Taylor is the author of Concentrate (Graywolf Press, 2022). It is the winner of the Cave Canem Poetry Prize selected by Rachel Eliza Griffiths and was a finalist for the National Poetry Series.

Concentrate considers the life of Latasha Harlins, a fifteen-year-old Black girl killed by a Korean-American grocer named Soon Ja Du in 1991. Her murder, along with Rodney King’s beating, served as a catalyst for the 1992 L.A. Uprising. Through poems, visual collages, dialogues and essays, Concentrate reflects on the precariousness of Black girlhood and explores tension between Black and Korean-American communities, specifically how white supremacy is the instigator of that tension.


For any questions about the event or to share accommodation needs, please email asbates@umich.edu-- we are eager to help ensure that this event is inclusive to you. The building, event space, and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. A lactation room (Angell Hall #5209), reflection room (Haven Hall #1506), and gender-inclusive restroom (Angell Hall 5th floor) are available on site. ASL interpreters and CART services at in-person events are available upon request; please email asbates@umich.edu at least two weeks prior to the event, whenever possible, to allow time to arrange services.

U-M employees with a U-M parking permit may use the Church Street Parking Structure (525 Church St., Ann Arbor) or the Thompson Parking Structure (500 Thompson St., Ann Arbor). There is limited metered street parking on State Street and South University Avenue. The Forest Avenue Public Parking Structure (650 South Forest Ave., Ann Arbor) is five blocks away, and the parking rate is $1.20 per hour. All of these options include parking spots for individuals with disabilities.
Building: Angell Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Literature
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Zell Visiting Writers Series, Residential College, Comparative Literature, Department for Afroamerican and African Studies, English Language & Literature - MFA Program in Creative Writing, University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, Department of English Language and Literature, LSA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion